The Charlottesville 29

If there were just 29 restaurants in Charlottesville, what would be the ideal 29?

Citizen Taco Pop-up

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For years there has been buzz about Citizen Taco Bar — a fledgling restaurant concept from The Virginian Restaurant Company, which owns Citizen Burger Bar among others. When C-VILLE first reported of plans for Citizen Taco in 2014, it said “details are sketchy.” Four years later, though the concept is yet to have its own brick-and-mortar, it will make a temporary appearance for one night only on the Downtown Mall.

From 6 – 9 pm tonight, October 3, Citizen Taco Pop-Up will be at Penny Heart, the restaurant company’s private event space at 223 West Main Street, also home to Citizen Bowl. Chef Donnie Glass, formerly of Public Fish & Oyster, will help dish out what they are calling a “cheffy, streety, gritty, fancy, taco showcase.” Carnitas with pork, apples, fennel, carrots, chili, and cilantro. Fried catfish with bitter greens, mojo de ajo, and squid ink crema. More.

Happy hour starts at 5 with margaritas and beers.

Parallel 38 Anniversary Celebration

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Parallel 38 is celebrating its one year anniversary of reopening this week by bringing back several beloved specials of the past. Wednesday through Sunday, you can find favorites like those below, plus, owner Justin Ross says, a few more surprises:

Bucatini alla Amatrice – pomodora, pancetta, pecorino, red onion, calabria chili
(Mt. Rushmore Chef Craig Hartman once named this the best thing he ate all year.)

Spicy tuna tartare – sushi grade, chili sauce, sesame, soy, cilantro, and cucumber

Mom’s fried mozzarella – herb panko, fried basil, pomodoro sauce

The restaurant is also adding sandwiches to the menu permanently this week, including the famous pork belly gyro, with shaved pork belly, pita, greens, cucumber, labneh, and pickled shallots. The pork belly gyro was the winning dish at this year’s CURED Fest.

Five Finds on Friday: Angelic Jenkins

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Today’s Five Finds on Friday come from Angelic Jenkins of Angelic’s Kitchen, the catering company with a food truck that will soon make a permanent home at the corner of Long Street and 250, offering wings, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese, and Jenkins’ specialty, fried fish. Stay tuned for opening details and hours. Jenkins’ picks:

1) Devil’s Pass Pasta at Sedona Taphouse. “The best tasting pasta. It has fennel, which I always told my husband I didn’t like, as well as chicken, onions and veggies in a delicious creamy sauce with a mild spice. I’m not a spicy eater but I can definitely enjoy this pasta dish.”

2) Salted Caramel Mini Cupcakes at Sweethaus. “I love the mini cupcakes. The cake is always fresh and moist, and the variety of icing and toppings is awesome. My favorite is the Salted Caramel. I can actually eat these everyday.”

3) Cucumber, Tomato, and Red Onion Salad at Sticks Kebob Shop. “The chicken, beef and pork kebobs are very flavorful and tender and come with a choice of sauces. The cilantro sauce is delicious. But I really love the cucumber salad. The flavor satisfies all of my taste buds.”

4) Blue Cheese Dressing at Wild Wing Café. “I love love love the homemade blue cheese dressing! I guess I can say I eat the Wild West Ranch Wings with my blue cheese. I always get my wings extra wet for more of the delicious flavor of the sauce.”

5) Sausage Pizza with Garlic Crust from Marco’s Pizza. “The pizza sauce is sweet and tangy, the cheese is cooked perfectly, the sausage is very flavorful and the garlic crust option is a must! The best pizza in town. Oh, and you have to try the thin crust, too. Just yummy.”